Red Sox Eject, Ban Fan Who Allegedly Used Racial Slur

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

The team apologized, as did the Boston mayor and MA governor, and Red Sox players came to Jones' defense. Later that same evening, the team had another fan escorted out of Fenway Park after throwing a racial slur at another fan in the stands.

The interaction came on the same night Red Sox fans had been urged to show they welcome all races, after Monday's ugly incident that targeted Adam Jones. The news release made no mention of Jones, who told USA TODAY Sports he was "called the N-word a handful of times" and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him as entered the dugout during Monday's game against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox did not divulge the identity of the initial fan.

Then the umpires backed it up. "I can't recall ever hearing something that was racism towards me", James said.

Interestingly, Jones was ejected from Wednesday's game for an unrelated matter - his arguing of a strike call by the umpire.

LeBron James spoke up on the incident at Fenway Park earlier this week, saying that while he's never personally experienced racism from Boston fans, he applauds the reception Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones received the next night.

He did not comment after the game.

As for Manfred's ultimatum, it meant pitchers such as Gausman didn't have much leeway, meaning any erratic pitch - like the 76.6 miles per hour curveball that struck Bogaerts in the back - probably warranted punishment.

The pitch appeared to be a curveball - not usually considered a knockdown pitch - and Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph slammed his mask on the plate in anger when he realized that Gausman had been ejected. Gausman looked puzzled at first, and then hollered.

After Boston's Chris Sale plunked Baltimore's Manny Machado on Tuesday and the league held a conference call to quell the feud between the teams on Wednesday morning, the umpires were on high alert - and Holbrook didn't hesitate to toss Gausman.

"Just complete Bush League, to be honest, you know", Gausman told the media.

Josh Rutledge drove in a pair of runs for Boston. Drew Pomeranz (3-1) gave up two runs on five hits, the fourth time in five starts he's allowed two or fewer runs. The Orioles are also 10-3 in their last 13 games following a loss and have won seven of their last nine games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Rutledge's line-drive single off Bleier in the second plated Boston's first run. Just in case some aren't buying it, Dan Duquette is here to let everyone know that's not how the Orioles operate. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Torre had told the teams to knock it off, but that there were no warnings about hit batters. "But I wanted to be 100 percent sure I heard him right", he said, so he asked the man about the specific language he'd used.

"Maybe Tee-ball", he said, widening his smile.

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